University of Central Lancashire: Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice

InstitutionUniversity of Central Lancashire View institution profile
Department School of Dentistry
Telephone 01772 892400
Study type Taught


This course is the first of its kind in the UK. It provides an opportunity for dental hygienists and therapists to improve their knowledge and enhance their clinical skills whilst continuing to work in practice.

For dental hygienists, successful completion of this one year part time course leads to the award of a PGCert in Enhanced Periodontal Practice. Delivery is by a mix of didactic teaching, small group discussions, student presentations and practical sessions. Topics covered include contemporary aetiopathology, epidemiology and management of periodontal disease and peri-implantitis, oral medicine, inhalation sedation, photography and suture removal.

For dental therapists the first year of the programme is as above, and the second year goes on to explore enhanced restorative practice. This includes looking at the significance of a patient’s occlusion, aesthetic considerations and restorative solutions as well as tooth whitening and pulp therapy.

The third year of the programme involves developing, carrying out and presenting a research project. This may be original research or a systematic review of an area of interest. Successful completion of this will result in the award of the MSc Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice.

There is excellent online material to guide and support face-to-face learning, and the course is delivered by a team of experienced clinicians and academics.


University of Central Lancashire


Founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) now has a staff and student community approaching 38,000 and 180,000 alumni. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 6% of universities in the world (CWUR 2019/20). We also have a community of around 20,000 students from over 120 countries, including 5,000 postgraduate students and 700 research students.

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